I won’t pretend to know anything about knife fighting. I also won’t pretend that I know anything about self-defense with edged weapons. But what I will do, is admit that sometimes owning something just because you like it, is okay. And for the vast majority of the knife aficionado population who know what an Emerson Elvia is, we can likely agree that this knife is made more for battle than it is for utility. But, is it possibly more than that? Can two big names in the knife world, from backgrounds with similar aspects, collaborate to make a knife that’s unique, good for utility, and apparently a good fighting weapon? But of course.
As Mr. Emerson says on the product page for the Elvia knife, he’s known Ed Calderon for over 20 years. Most of those years, the relationship was quiet to the public, because Ed was a counter narco terrorist agent, and worked carefully in that field for many years. Ed is now on a different path, and now has a career that he titles Non-Permissive Environments Specialist, which basically means he teaches individuals or groups different aspects of defense, and escape. All this to say, he knows what he’s talking about in terms of fighting knives. Bringing Emerson Knives on to design a knife that will work in Ed Calderon’s world, as well as our more vanilla day-to-day life, was a great choice. Emerson Knives are known for tactical applications, and this knife is obviously no exception.
Calderon also designs knives for TOPS among others.